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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Eagles win "Miracle at the Meadowlands"
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Nov. 19, 1978

All quarterback Joe Pisarcik has to do is take a knee and the New York Giants will have a 17-12 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Pisarcik knows it, his teammates in the huddle know it, the 70,318 fans at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., know it.

The only two people who apparently don't know it are Giants head coach John McVay and offensive coordinator Bob Gibson, who calls the play - a handoff to fullback Larry Csonka. There is a half-minute left and the Eagles have no timeouts left when Pisarcik takes the snap from center Jim Clack.

But Pisarcik doesn't handle it cleanly, and he doesn't have control as he turns to hand the ball to Csonka. It bounces on the AstroTurf and Eagles cornerback Herman Edwards plucks it out of the air, returning the fumble 26 yards for a touchdown with 20 seconds left. It gives the Eagles a stunning 19-17 victory.

"It'd make a good movie," Clack says. "We'd write a good book on how to lose."

The next day, Gibson will be fired. McVay will be canned after the season.

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